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Extension

  • Preparing for tax season is half the battle

    Now is the time when we start thinking about filing our income taxes from the previous year.  Even though it’s an annual event, it can cause anxiety for many. By preparing now, you can ease the process for yourself and your tax preparer.

  • Livestock water intake is equally important in winter

    As we move into the winter months, water requirements of livestock are critical to maintain optimum animal performance.  Winter brings the challenge of providing water to livestock while battling freezing temperatures. 

    Factors that affect water intake include: environmental temperature, feed moisture, body size, and level of milk production.  A lactating beef cow in the summer on a 90˚F day will drink 16 gallons of water, while during a 40˚F day in December the same cow would consume less, approximately 11 gallons.

  • The basics of food label terms

    When you go grocery shopping, you’ve probably seen some new terms on the labels of your favorite foods. These terms are not meant to cause confusion but can help you make more informed choices about the foods you eat. This is a good thing, as concerns among consumers about food origin, safety and quality continue to increase.

    Here is a list of terms found on food labels and their definition as defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the Food and Drug Administration.

  • Herbst releases her list of dates for upcoming year

    With the New Year right around the corner, we have a full schedule of upcoming dates already set at the Extension Office.  All meetings will take place at the Carroll County Extension Office, unless otherwise noted.

    Carroll County Agricultural Development Council

    The next scheduled meeting of the Agricultural Development Council is at 7 p.m. Jan 6. The first Wednesdays of each month is reserved for the council meeting.

    Carroll County Extension Council

  • Cold weather health benefits

    Often times there are many warnings about the hazards that happen when the temperature turns cold.  But did you know that there are actually some benefits too?

    We tend to be more social. When the nights are longer and colder, people tend to reach out to friends and family more often.  In fact, one study found that people actually talked on the phone longer during bad weather. So if you are stuck inside, call up a friend or family member and chat away!

  • Bring holiday cheer to the elderly
  • Youth and adults participate in leadership development programs
  • Herbst shares a twist on a holiday classic story

    On this Christmas Eve, I imagine many families will gather tonight for that annual tradition of reading “The Night Before Christmas.”  It’s one of my favorite traditions from my childhood.  Here is a rendition of the timeless classic called, “The Farmer’s Night Before Christmas.”  Enjoy!

     

    ‘Twas the night before Christmas when down on the farm
    The animals were resting in the warm, cozy barn.

  • Proper amaryllis care helps lengthen life of the plant

    Few plants can liven up a winter day like the amaryllis.  The large pink, white, red, orange, and variegated flowers are truly spectacular.

    A member of the lily family, the amaryllis rises from a large bulb.  The growth habit makes it well suited for blooming during the colder months of the year.

  • Encounters with the kissing bug are extremely rare

    That special someone you are looking to meet up with under the mistletoe this holiday season apparently is not the only thing out there waiting for a “kiss.”

    An insect called a “kissing bug” has made local news stories over the past couple of weeks that may have made the thought of kissing a little unsettling.  Thank you to those who have shared the stories with me.  Let us take a moment to learn a little more about kissing bugs.